Beqas Pe Karam Kijiye

Posted: October 15, 2008 in Pondering...., Uncategorized
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The new day that has dawned,

Brings no cheer to my life,

No new hopes, No new wishes,

I have no desires, but to survive,

Who will heed my cries?

Who will quell my hunger?

For, a morsel is all I crave,

I have no longing, but to survive,

I walk the desolate road,

Of hopelessness and despair,

If there is an end to it,

Who will take me there?

Who am I, you ask?

You know me and know me well,

I am the dying farmer,

Who ploughs his own grave,

I am the distressed weaver,

Who weaves linen for his death,

I am the orphaned child,

Who sobs for a touch of warmth,

I am the destitute widow,

Who begs for her deprived dignity,

I am the disoriented refugee,

Who seeks deliverance in an alien land,

I am the burgeoning pain,

That the world chooses to ignore,

I am who you call, the ‘Poor man’,

And this is my plea to you.

I know I am a bad poet, but this is the best I could do. This poem was inspired by a better one and my friend put me up to it. He said it was Blog Action Day and the theme was poverty. Hence, the poem.

The tears of the poor man have gone unnoticed, in this ever-changing rich-man’s world. Everyone cries havoc when the stock markets fall and some ultra-rich person loses a chip of his treasure, but does anyone even pretend to hear the wails of a poor man, for whom everyday is a battle?

The world now has close to a billion people who sleep hungry everynight and India is home to a quarter of them. In 2007 alone, 75 million more people were afflicted by poverty across the world. Most of them live under a dollar a day. Even in the most world’s powerful nation, 37 million people live in the most adverse of conditions, without food, water, shelter, health care or any other basic necessities.

They’re calling out for help! Listen and lend a hand!


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The title is actually a song from ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.

This post is a part of the Blog Action Day ’08.

  1. rads says:

    Very nicely written Stitha 🙂
    ..and you made the deadline too! Yay. 🙂

    Yea I did! Yay!! And thanks a lot! 🙂

  2. sandeep says:

    As always! very well written! 🙂

    Thank you very much! 🙂

  3. Shruti says:

    Very well written… who says you are a bad poet?!!

    Thanks! 🙂 I always thought I was. :-/

  4. DSK says:

    Very well written..


  5. Nandini says:

    Wow so different from your usual posts 🙂 Well-written!

    Thank you! I had to meet a deadline so wrote it in an hour and a half! 🙂

  6. maxdavinci says:

    Firstly and technically you spent the whole evening!
    Secondly you didnt acknowledge me!
    Thirdly you linked to that dusht paapi bhrahman!
    Fourthly you are a liar!
    Fifthly you write well and you know I hate you!

    jokes apart, liked it very much andi..

    padha to isko yaar, dil mein baji guitar..

    PS: that is a translation of yor comment on my post!

    Aaeeyii! Shushh! I spent only a couple of hours. My going out and watching the presidential debate in between does not count! Anyway, I acknowledged both of you dusht paapi brahmans, and honestly, the poem was inspired by his. You just asked me to write something. Why am I a liar? Finally, thank you very much for all the nice things you said! 🙂 Apna sapna readers, readers!! 😛

  7. buddy says:

    very nice. and very strongly stirring at parts

    on second thoughts, ignore max..hes just jealous…

    ‘at parts’? Not everywhere? 😛 Kidding! Thanks a lot! 🙂 And yea, max is J! Big Time! 😛

  8. Chutney says:

    Max is not the only one who’s J,
    So am I, of your incredible wordplay.
    As impressed as I am at your poetic skills
    I now know more, of poverty which kills.
    Finally I ask you to pardon my little rhyme
    For this was all I could think of at this point of time

    Splendid! You’re better than me! Mine didn’t even rhyme! :-/ Thanks a lot, by the way. 🙂

  9. buddy says:

    whaaaa…max cries and gets linked?
    not fair

    Hey! What are you sulking about? I linked you without you crying only no? What’s your problem? Useless fellow!

  10. Didn’t come into here expecting to read soemthing as intense 🙂

    Waaw. 🙂

    Thank you and welcome here! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

  11. Sundeep says:

    Poetry for Poverty! nice combo bro…

    seems like the real financial crisis has been in the air from long ago..! but the way it is now looked changed the scene 🙂

    Thanks bro! The crisis is going to push another 70 million folks around the world into abject poverty. Where is the end to it? I wonder.

  12. crakpot says:

    i am impressed with ur poem also :)you should seriously continue your attempts at poetry!

    Thank you! I’ll try and hone my poetic skills further. 🙂

  13. Adithya says:

    Brilliant sthit! Sorry, little too much work, coming in late here….

    Cha, I suck at poems man! When I see chutney, you, shenoy saahib doing it so effortlessly. Some talent you all have!

    Thank you! No talent man, just a little non-rhyming poem! My second attempt at English poetry. 🙂

    PS: Dude! Just an observation – in ‘Brilliant sthit’ if you had missed one letter, it would’ve changed the whole meaning! Thank God you were careful enough to write it correctly! 😛

  14. Ranjani says:

    Waah! kya shayir ho tum:) Very nice…!

    Khushaamdeed aur shukriya! Par maaf kijiyega, banda koi shayar nahin hai! 🙂

  15. Karthik

    I already told you that you are multi-faceted. You seem to have a lot in that head of yours!

    I read some where, forgot where, that the conditions have improved from previous year. I think we have dropped 3 or 4 places in the poverty %. Right direction I believe!

    Thank you! But what right direction are we talking about? We have only gone down 3-4 places because other countries have seen a sharp rise in poverty, while our close to 300 million are still starving! This is so not where we shoud be heading!

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